Tickets Now Available For Gritty Rock Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Starring Neil Patrick Harris

first_img Related Shows Well, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to meet Miss Hedwig today! Hedwig and the Angry Inch View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig (Harris), a transgender woman and “internationally ignored song stylist” from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Trask’s score includes “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “Angry Inch” and more. Lift up your hands! Tickets for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, featuring Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris as a German transgender rock goddess, are now on sale. Featuring a book by John Cameron Mitchell and a score by Stephen Trask, Hedwig begins performances March 29, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre. Directed by Michael Mayer and featuring musical staging by Spencer Liff, the new production will open officially on April 22. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015last_img read more

Grammy Whammy: Only Three Cast Recordings Nominated in 2014 Musical Theater Category

first_img —Motown ensemble member Ryan Shaw, who plays Stevie Wonder and others, received his third Grammy nomination for the song “Yesterday” from his Real Love album The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. More Grammy news of interest to Broadway fans: —Current After Midnight headliner Fantasia Barrino scored two nominations in R&B categories for songs from her Side Effects of You album —The deluxe edition of the soundtrack for Les Miserables earned a nomination in the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Kinky Boots (Masterworks Broadway), Matilda (Broadway Records/Yellow Sound Label) and Motown: The Musical (Universal Music Enterprises) are the lucky three vying for this year’s award. Notable releases snubbed this year include the cast recordings of Annie, Pippin and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. View Comments Grammy nominators showed their stingy side this year, only honoring three Broadway cast albums in the category of Best Musical Theater Album for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, a race that traditionally contains up to five contenders. —700 Sundays star Billy Crystal was honored in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audiobook of his Still Foolin’ ‘Em memoirlast_img read more

Business Bigwig Steve Wynn ‘Likely’ to Host Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark on the Las Vegas Strip

first_imgBusiness magnate Steve Wynn, who played a pivotal role in reinvigorating and expanding Las Vegas’ iconic Strip, is reportedly in talks to host the transfer of Broadway’s Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark to Sin City. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Wynn recently chatted with the musical’s composers, U2’s Bono and The Edge, about what changes the spectacle-heavy show should undergo to make it work in Las Vegas. As previously reported, Spider-Man producer Michael Cohl recently revealed that the show will indeed change before it opens in the Entertainment Capital of the World. “New characters will come and others will be taken out, and the story will change slightly and there will probably be a couple of new songs,” Cohl told Billboard.com. “We’ve had meetings. Whether we can or we can’t remains to be seen. It’s a discussion. It’s a very interesting discussion,” said Wynn, according to the R-J. “The question is, can we give it the kind of spectacle that Las Vegas wants? We like the movie. We’d like to reinvent Spider-Man like the movie.” Wynn previously brought the Tony Award-winning musicals Avenue Q and Monty Python’s Spamalot to Las Vegas in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2014 Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark features music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge, direction by Philip William McKinley, original direction by Tony Award winner Julie Taymor, and a book co-written by Taymor, Glen Berger and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The show, starring Justin Matthew Sargent as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Robert Cuccioli as Norman Osborn/Green Goblin and Rebecca Faulkenberry as Mary Jane Watson, will close January 4, 2014 at Broadway’s Foxwoods Theatre. Rebecca Faulkenberry View Commentscenter_img Star Files Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Robert Cuccioli Related Shows Justin Matthew Sargentlast_img read more

NAVFAC

first_imgBuilding 1A(847) 688-2600www.navfac.navy.milNaval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest provides civil engineering, public works and environmental support to Navy, Marine Corps and other Department of Defense activities across the 16 states that comprise Navy Region Midwest. Headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, the command’s 900 professionals include civilian architects, engineers, acquisition specialists, environmental specialists, public works tradespeople and administrative personnel, as well as active-duty Civil Engineer Corps officers, Seabees and Reservists.last_img

History

first_imgThe Attack on Pearl HarborThe road to war between Japan and the United States began in the 1930s when differences over China drove the two nations apart. In 1931, Japan conquered Manchuria, which until then had been part of China. In 1937, Japan began a long and ultimately unsuccessful campaign to conquer the rest of China. In 1940, the Japanese government allied with Nazi Germany in the Axis Alliance and the next year occupied all of Indochina.The United States, which had important political and economic interests in East Asia, was alarmed by Japan’s moves. The U.S. increased military and financial aid to China, embarked on a program of strengthening its military power in the Pacific and cut off the shipment of oil and other raw materials to Japan.Because Japan was poor in natural resources, its government viewed these steps, especially the embargo on oil, as a threat to the nation’s survival. Japan’s leaders responded by resolving to seize the resource-rich territories of Southeast Asia, even though that move would certainly result in war with the United States.The problem with the plan was the danger posed by the U.S. Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor. Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, commander of the Japanese fleet, devised a plan to immobilize the U.S. fleet at the outset of the war with a surprise attack.The key elements in Yamamoto’s plans were meticulous preparation, the element of surprise and the use of aircraft carriers and naval aviation on an unprecedented scale. In spring 1941, Japanese carrier pilots began training in the special tactics called for by the Pearl Harbor attack plan.In October 1941, the naval general staff gave final approval to Yamamoto’s plan, which called for the formation of an attack force commanded by Vice Adm. Chuichi Nagumo. It centered on six heavy aircraft carriers accompanied by24 supporting vessels. A separate group of submarines was to sink any American warships that escaped the Japanese carrier force.Nagumo’s fleet assembled in the remote anchorage of Tankan Bay in the Kuril Islands and departed in strictest secrecy for Hawaii Nov. 26, 1941. The ship’s route crossed the North Pacific and avoided normal shipping lanes. At dawn Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese task force had approached undetected to a point slightly more than 200 miles north of Oahu. At this time the U.S. carriers were not at Pearl Harbor. On Nov. 28, Adm. Husband E. Kimmel had sent USS Enterprise under Rear Adm. William Halsey to deliver Marine Corps fighter planes to Wake Island. On Dec. 4, USS Enterprise delivered the aircraft, and on Dec. 7 the task force was on its way back to Pearl Harbor.On Dec. 5, Kimmel sent USS Lexington with a task force under Rear Adm. John Newton to deliver 25 scout bombers to Midway Island. The last Pacific carrier, USS Saratoga, had left Pearl Harbor for upkeep and repairs on the West Coast.At 6 a.m. Dec. 7, the six Japanese carriers launched a first wave of 181 planes composed of torpedo bombers, dive bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters. Even as they winged south, some elements of U.S. forces on Oahu realized there was something different about this Sunday morning.In the hours before dawn, U.S. Navy vessels spotted an unidentified submarine periscope near the entrance to Pearl Harbor. It was attacked and reported sunk by the destroyer USS Ward. At 7 a.m., an alert operator of an Army radar station at Opana spotted the approaching first wave of the attack force. The officers to whom those reports were relayed did not consider them significant enough to take action. The report of the submarine sinking was handled routinely, and the radar sighting was passed off as an approaching group of American planes due to arrive that morning.The Japanese aircrews achieved complete surprise when they hit American ships and military installations on Oahu shortly before 8 a.m. They attacked military airfields at the same time they hit the fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor. The Navy air bases at Ford Island and Kaneohe Bay, the Marine airfield at Ewa and the Army Air Corps fields at Bellows, Wheeler and Hickam were all bombed and strafed as other elements of the attacking force began their assaults on the ships moored in Pearl Harbor. The purpose of the simultaneous attacks was to destroy the American planes before they could rise to intercept the Japanese.Of the more than 90 ships at anchor in Pearl Harbor, the primary targets were the eight battleships anchored there. Seven were moored on Battleship Row along the southeast shore of Ford Island while the USS Pennsylvania lay in dry dock across the channel. Within the first minutes of the attack all the battleships adjacent to Ford Island had taken bomb or torpedo hits. The USS West Virginia sank quickly. The USS Oklahoma “turned turtle” and sank.At about 8:10 a.m., the USS Arizona was mortally wounded by an armor-piercing bomb that ignited the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. The resulting explosion and fire killed 1,177 crewmen, the greatest loss of life on any ship that day and about half the total number of Americans killed. The USS California, USS Maryland, USS Tennessee and USS Nevada also suffered varying degrees of damage in the first half-hour of the raid.There was a short lull in the fury of the attack about 8:30 a.m. At that time Nevada, despite her wounds, managed to get underway and move down the channel toward the open sea. Before she could clear the harbor, a second wave of 170 Japanese planes, launched 30 minutes after the first, appeared over the harbor. The planes concentrated their attacks on the moving battleship, hoping to sink it in the channel and block the narrow entrance to Pearl Harbor.On orders from the harbor control tower, Nevada beached herself at Hospital Point and the channel remained clear. When the attack ended shortly before 10 a.m., less than two hours after it began, the American forces had paid a fearful price. Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged: the battleships Arizona, California, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia; cruisers USS Helena, USS Honolulu and USS Raleigh; the destroyers USS Cassin, USS Downes, USS Helm and USS Shaw; seaplane tender USS Curtiss; target ship (ex-battleship)USS Utah; repair ship USS Vestal; minelayer USS Oglala; tug USS Sotoyomo; and Floating Dry-dock No. 2.Aircraft losses islandwide included 188 de­stroyed and 159 damaged, the majority hit before they had a chance to take off. American dead numbered 2,403. That figure included almost 70 civilians, most of them killed by improperly fused anti-aircraft shells landing in Honolulu. The wounded included 1,178 military and civilian personnel.Japanese losses were comparatively light. Twenty-nine planes, less than 10 percent of the attacking force, failed to return to their carriers.The Japanese success was overwhelming but was incomplete. The attackers failed to damage any American aircraft carriers, all of which, by a stroke of luck, had been absent from the harbor at the time of the attacks. Also undamaged were most of the shoreside facilities at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base, which would play an essential role in the resurrection of the fleet and the outcome of World War II in the Pacific.The Navy (Ship) Yard at Pearl Harbor helped rescue crew members from damaged ships and repaired all but three of the ships sunk or damaged. Arizona was considered too badly damaged to be salvaged. Oklahoma and Utah were considered too old to be worth the effort. Most significantly, the shock and anger caused by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor united a divided nation and ensured a wholehearted American commitment to victory in World War II.last_img read more

Tout Terrain Xplore series adds Pinion gearboxes to Silkroad & Blueridge for limitless adventure

first_imgTout Terrain Xplore bikes take the adventure touring capability of their unique integrated rack steel Silkroad & Blueridge to another level, with Pinion gearbox drivetrains. Whether looking to explore local backroads or head off on a ’round-the-world’ expedition, the reliable, low-maintenance 12-speed internal gearbox means you can load up your touring bike and focus on adventure that comes.Tout Terrain Xplore series Pinion gearbox loaded touring bikesc. Tout TerrainWe already got a good look at the 26″ & 27.5″ flat bar Silkroad II and 700c drop bar Blueridge steel expedition touring bikes earlier this summer. With Tout Terrain’s built-in modular rear racks, multiple additional mounting options, and drivetrain flexibility… spec’ing out an adventure touring bike is totally up to your imagination. Now, on top of the choice of derailleur or internal hub gear builds, new Pinion mounting means you can pick from 6, 9, 12 or 18 speed gearboxes as well.Pinion gearboxes – Tech detailsThe wide-range Pinion transmission give plenty of options depending on the type of terrain you are likely to encounter and how big of a load you will be carrying.Tout Terrain offers three of the lighter, more affordable C-line gearboxes: C1.6 (295% gearing at 1800g) for commuting, C1.9XR (568% gearing at 2000g) for more urban riding & light touring, and C1.12 (600% gearing at 2100g) for slightly lighter touring loads or steeper terrain.Or if you need the widest range possible, the P-line P1.18 (636% gearing at 2700g) offers the widest gearing range with smaller steps for the ultimate touring option.All of the Pinion gearboxes are made in Germany, as is the final Tout Terrain Expedition frame finishing & assembly. (Clarification: Tout Terrain frames are welded in Taiwan, then get custom detailing, finishes & complete builds-to-order just outside of Freiburg, DE.) And beyond sealing your drivetrain away from dirt, dust & mud inside a protected box that promises almost no need for maintenance while out on tour, especially when paired with the Gates belt drive… it also does a good job at balancing the weight of your bike, so you can focus on how you load your racks & bags!This isn’t the first we’ve seen Tout Terrain & Pinion pairings. Their options just keep growing wider! One of the great things about building up a Pinion bike from Tout Terrain is their unique drop bar shift setup from their sister component brand – the Cinq Shift:R that works with TRP hydraulic disc brakes and we’ve seen on a gravel bike. Paired with Pinions twist shifter, you can build a Tout Terrain + Pinion bike for any occasion.All the rest of the tech details of the flat bar Silkroad II and drop bar Blueridge can be round in our recent earlier coverage.Tout Terrain Xplore – Pricing & availabilityFour complete Pinion-equipped models are available: starting at 3790€ complete for the more upright Silkroad Xplore II 26 or the Silkroad Xplore II 275 for long-distance globe-trotting, the same price for the Blueridge Xplore, or a bit more from 4090€ for the Blueridge Xplore GT for those looking for quicker moving tours. And from there, total price is likely to climb a bit more, as you spec out more accessories for your travels.Tout Terrain’s online bike builder also lets you customize pretty much any level of kit that you want, with a C.12 equipped frame & fork starting from around 2900€ by itself (550-650€ more for a P.18 gearbox with shifters).photo by Kyle Hughes, c. Tout TerrainAll of Tout Terrain’s adventure touring bikes are made-to-order & customized in Germany, and can be further customized to your heart’s and your pocketbook’s content.Tout-Terrain.de & Pinion.eulast_img read more

Tailfin Aeropack combines integrated seatpack & aero rack supports for all-in-one gear solution

first_imgThe AeroPack X uses the same seat pack, but adds the ability to mount their pannier bags to the sides for additional storage. Claimed weight for the X is 750g – 960g depending on the material and mounting typeBoth versions are available with aluminum or carbon rack supports, for a total of four separate options. The same rack improvements are also available in the new X & S series racks, which are not integrated into the bag like the AeroPack. These racks are designed for use with their AeroPack Trunk Top Bag which is a bit heavier than the integrated AeroPack models, but allows you to quickly disconnect the bag from the rack.Pricing starts at $220 for the AeroPack S alloy, and goes up from there depending on the setup and included bags. Changes from the prototype include a more modular design that will allow you to replace fewer parts if you ever manage to break the rack in a crash. Each is available now.tailfin.cc Offered in two versions, the AeroPack S is meant to be used only as a seat pack with a 20L capacity and weight limit of 9kg. Claimed weight for the full system is 690g – 860g depending on the material and the mounting type. Ever since their massively successful Kickstarter campaign, Tailfin has been putting the final touches on their AeroPack system. As Tailfin founder and engineer Nick Broadbent puts it, “With the AeroPack, our aim was to take the idea of a traditional seat pack and make it better. We looked at what was out there and smoothed out the inherent and reported issues: swaying on the bike, access to your gear, mounting, abrasion issues and more, to create a solid, stable and light accessory.”That has all led to the production version of the rack/bag that is now available for purchase. Compared to other ways to carry your gear on self-supported adventures, the AeroPack has a few unique advantages. For starters, since the AeroPack is mounted to the bike with its integrated rack system, the bag won’t sway like standard seat packs. The mount is compatible with standard rack mounts or quick release or thru axle frames and can even be used with full suspension mountain bikes.Also, since it attaches low on the seat post, dropper posts still have some functionality –  though how much looks to depend on the length of your dropper and how far back the AeroPack sits in relation to the saddle.Another claimed advantage of the system is its aerodynamics. During testing, Tailfin found their AeroPack to be equal to or better than any other saddle bag in terms of aerodynamics. They also found a major difference in aerodynamics when running a seat pack only vs. running handlebar bags as well. Apparently, most handlebar bags will result in a 10-20W aero penalty thanks to the additional drag up front.last_img read more

For Those Who Suffer, We Ride: Alps Cycling Film in London Tonight

first_imgA quick heads up for cycling film buffs in London. Safety In Numbers, a 70-minute documentary by Nick Mason about the Fireflies is showing at the ICA tonight, for a special Monday-night price of £5.The Fireflies is a group of mainly British amateur cyclists who, each year for the past nine years, have ridden 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) across the French Alps from Geneva to Cannes to raise money for leukaemia research.Though they take on the classic climbs of the Tour de France – more than 20 in eight days, including Colombière, Télégraphe, Galibier, Izoard, Alpe d’Huez and Madeleine – they’re far from pros. I’ve ridden with them once, and can pay testament to the inspirational determination and team spirit that gets everybody safely through some of the most awesome mountains in the world.From what I’ve seen, the film, shot in full HD, captures the amazing vistas, and the personal stories, beautifully, and there’s a sneak peek posted on the Fireflies website.2010 will be the ride’s 10th year and the organisers hope to break the £1 million ($1.5 million) mark for cumulative funds raised for this lifesaving charity. As the ride’s motto goes: ‘For those who suffer, we ride’.last_img read more

Scapin Updates the Custom Ivor with More Options, More Colors

first_imgOne of the biggest structural changes to the Ivor is the addition of an optional adjustable aero seat post instead of the  S-Way ISP. The ISP will still be available, but if you would rather have a more traditional adjustable seat post, it’s now an option. Additionally, the 2014 Ivor is lighter with a new Toray T-800 High Modulus UD carbon layup for their TT Matrix frame construction. Said to incorporate the best of both monocoque and hand wrapped tube to tube construction, TT Matrix combines the two build techniques in different areas of the frame in order to produce the stiffest, lightest frame that still has a great ride. Comfort is also provided through their CFS (Comfort Flex System) seat stays which were also found on the previous model. The slender, curved stays are designed to absorb more road vibration than standard stays, while maintaining the frame’s racy feel.When you’re spending $4,995 on a frameset, the finish is just as important as the fit, so Scapin is offering 7 new color combinations including Naked black, Ruby Red (my personal favorite), neon Green, Yellow, Orange, Blue, and of course, the Italia white/red/green option above. The custom finish also includes the option for your name to be added to the top or down tube.The Ivor is available in 6 stock sizes, or the optional full custom made-to-measure geometry. Frames are built with the ability to run mechanical or electronic internally routed cables, a tapered 1.5″ steerer, PFBB86 bottom bracket, and are all hand made in Italy and include a lifetime warranty.Ivor frames are available through Stage Race Distribution, and to celebrate the launch of their new webstore, they are offering a special 10% discount from now until Christmas day with the use of coupon code “Intro10″!Retail Pricing:Dura-Ace Di2 – 22S-$10,995Record EPS – 22S-$10,999Ultegra Di2 – 22S -$8,099Dura-Ace – 22S -$9,195Sram Red – 22S -$9,095Record – 22S -$8,475Chorus – 22S -$7,350Ultegra – 22S -$6,299Sram Force – 22S  – $6,299Ultegra Mix – 22S – $5,999 Looking for a custom, carbon road bike? Building on their original design, Scapin is expanding your options with their revised 2014 Ivor. Similar in overall design to the 2012 Ivor, Scapin is offering the custom build with more options including components, colors, and sizes.See how Ivor has changed after the break!last_img read more

Limited Edition Bianchi Oltre XR Gimondi Road Bike Celebrates Legend’s 70th Birthday

first_imgFelice Gimondi, who turned 70 on September 29th, was the second cyclist in history to win all three Grand Tours – The Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.Bianchi is celebrating his longevity with a special, limited edition of their Oltre XR racing road bike. Only 70 will be made, and they’ll have bits of the frame painted the same blue Gimondi wore on his Bianchi jersey back in the day. It also happens to be the same color as the sapphire, his birthstone.Other than color and graphics, which includes a list of his victories inscribed on the downtube, the bike gets a full Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic group, vintage Bianchi logos from the late ’60s and early ’70s, and custom Campagnolo Bora wheels with Veloflex tubulars, Selle San Marco saddle and Elite water bottle. It’s capped off with La Spirale white bar tape. Retail should be around $17,500 (!!!) US.UPDATE: Orders are being taken now, delivery in late January. No particular allotments per country or region; first come, first served.Detail pics below…last_img read more